Week 4: The Beginning of the End

Keep reading to hear about my trip to Lisbon and the final week of my study abroad program! I am so happy and grateful for this experience and that y’all are interested in hearing about it!Read More »


Week 3

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

  • Wake up at 4:30am to catch a 7am plane to Valencia
  • Arrive in Valencia at 8:30am
  • Straight to the beach!! We grabbed some bocadillos on the way and just enjoyed a relaxing morning on the beaches of Spain and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea!
  • We grabbed lunch: paella! Paella originates in Valencia so that was pretty cool.
  • Then walked around the city. We saw Plaza de Ayuntamiento, Plaza de la Reina, and Catedral de Valencia.
  • Got dinner at a fantastic Italian restaurant and saw the Church of St. Augustine before going to bed after a 20 hour day!


Sunday, July 17th, 2016

  • City of Arts and Sciences: a very important spot in Valencia! We didn’t have time to go inside, but I did get to try water balling, a technique for training astronauts for walking in zero gravity.
  • We walked through the Tura River Gardens, a park that is in place of an old river that used to go around the city.
  • After lunch: walked around the city more and finally climbed 227 steps to the top of El Miguelete for a 360 degree view of the city!
  • After a delayed flight and a long trip home, I finally got to sleep.


Monday, July 18th – Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • A lot of homework and recovering from the weekend!
  • On Monday night I did go to a bachata/salsa/merengue dance class at a club in Madrid that was SO MUCH FUN! I had an absolute blast and I can’t wait to find places in the States were I can dance!
  • Wednesday night my host mom taught me how to make tortilla con patatas…a very traditional Spanish dish!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

  • So I finally took my day off and finished up some sight seeing I wanted to do with Tori.
  • Temple of Debod: a very cool ancient Egyptian temple up on a hill in Madrid with a gorgeous view of the city. I am so glad that I went here during my time in the city.
  • Then lots of shopping in Principe Pio, a cool old train station that has been converted into a mall. Also, it is the home of my favorite dried fruit stand in all of Europe.
  • It was a very relaxing and fun day! I loved getting to take a break and I can’t believe how much of my trip is already over!

It was a really fun week and I will be posting about my trip to Lisbon, Portugal in the next post! Stay tuned!


xoxo Marie